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Question: addison's or adrenal exhaustion

 susieQ1 - Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:01 pm

Is Addison's disease & adrenal exhaustion/fatigue the same thing? If not, what is the difference? Thanks for your help.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:44 pm

User avatar These are not the same, though some similarities.

Addison's Disease is an extreme dysfunction and potentially fatal condition where the adrenals essentially shut down.

When the adrenal glands are not functioning optimally, you can have a condition that is known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion which often develops after periods of intense or lengthy stress (physical or emotional) when overstimulation of the glands render them unable to meet your body's needs. So, this is more of a temporary condition.

Both of these situations can be improved with prescribed medications (hormones) and diet/lifestyle modifications, including elimination of stimulants, stabilization of blood sugar using low glycemic index foods and with vitamin supplements as instructed by physician.

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